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Senator seeks to re-create Milton County

C.J. Hicks Elementary recently named its Fabulous Falcons Students of the Month of December. They are Josslyn Walls, Neriah Turner, Zymirra Smith, Orlandriyah Patrick, Candy Ochoa, Anaya Jackson, Janazia McDonald, Jacqueline Munguia, Jaila Davis, Jaylan Ampey, Janine Herrera, Danielle Carnegie, Tatiana McCollum, Autumn Jeffries, Divyesh Moore, Kemon Jones, Anderson Cruz, Deven Casseus, Alyssa Dominguez, Mariam Dera, Olawasbusola Edwards, Denim Reed, Lezia Smith, James Jacobo-Aduata, Maria Mullen, Alyson Rosado, Caitlyn Wilson, Kiaishia Moss, Jahri Allah, Destiny Carnegie, Sheena Larry, Kelton Benton , Destiny Bailey-Hall, Jada Andrews, Rhaia Jackson, Breana Williams, Oluwatobi Edward, William Carmona and Skylar Howard. These students were chosen as students who exhibit the trait of being caring.

C.J. Hicks Elementary recently named its Fabulous Falcons Students of the Month of December. They are Josslyn Walls, Neriah Turner, Zymirra Smith, Orlandriyah Patrick, Candy Ochoa, Anaya Jackson, Janazia McDonald, Jacqueline Munguia, Jaila Davis, Jaylan Ampey, Janine Herrera, Danielle Carnegie, Tatiana McCollum, Autumn Jeffries, Divyesh Moore, Kemon Jones, Anderson Cruz, Deven Casseus, Alyssa Dominguez, Mariam Dera, Olawasbusola Edwards, Denim Reed, Lezia Smith, James Jacobo-Aduata, Maria Mullen, Alyson Rosado, Caitlyn Wilson, Kiaishia Moss, Jahri Allah, Destiny Carnegie, Sheena Larry, Kelton Benton , Destiny Bailey-Hall, Jada Andrews, Rhaia Jackson, Breana Williams, Oluwatobi Edward, William Carmona and Skylar Howard. These students were chosen as students who exhibit the trait of being caring.

ATLANTA — A state senator from Roswell introduced a resolution Wednesday that would call for a state referendum that, if passed, would create Georgia’s 160th county.

Sen. John Albers, R- Roswell, introduced Senate Resolution 273, which would propose an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that would allow the re-creation of Milton County from a portion of Fulton County.

“I am working diligently with my counterparts to re-create Milton County,” Albers said. “Many years ago, Fulton County was three separate counties that merged during the Great Depression. Much has changed since the 1930s and the time is right for Milton County to rise again and provide responsible and accountable county government.”

The Georgia Constitution caps the number of counties at 159, which means an amendment is required to merge, consolidate or divide local governments. SR 273 would have to be passed by a supermajority of legislators before going to the state’s voters for approval. The amendment would make former counties, such as Milton, exempt from the constitutional limit.

According to GeorgiaEncyclopedia.com, Milton, named for John Milton, Georgia’s first secretary of state, was formed in 1857 from parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Cobb counties and its economy was based on cotton production. When boll weevils decimated that production in the 1910s-20s and the Great Depression hit, the county became destitute and was absorbed into Fulton County in 1932. Fulton also absorbed Campbell County to its south.

“The enormity of Fulton County government, which is larger than six U.S. states, has resulted in ineffective and inefficient service delivery,” Albers said. “The creation of a smaller government will be more accountable to the residents and the remaining areas. North Fulton and South Fulton schools are also geographically split by a fragile Atlanta school system. Our students deserve better.”

SR 273 was awaiting a committee assignment.

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Good lord. Another county for taxpayers to fund? Say it aint so. We should be reducing the number of counties and cities to 76 governmental units total. We only have so much money and the more bureaucrats and bureauracracies to feed the less for service.

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dingleberry 1 year, 8 months ago

Escaping from Fulton will be like Houdini trying to make an underwater exit from the Kursk. But if one wants to form a small government out of a chunk of Fulton, no poster child of efficiency, and pay what is needed to make it happen, I say go for it. Consolidation always sounds nice to those who think it offers great economic benefits but every consolidation moves the people further from their local governments and makes delivery of services that much harder. And for goodness sake, what county would be interested in combining with Dougherty?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Too many resources are squandered on the multiplied government agencies. It's not just consolidation but it's also making administrative structures seamless so the flow and process of governing isn't hung up in the inter-office mail. Friends of mine in Athens and Columbus just feel very different than you are reporting. It gives them greater access to decision makers and facilitators. Any time humans are involved there's a chance of misapplication/misunderstanding but a system ought not anchor and promote inefficiency and waste which is always the case with duplication and fiefdoms.

It also occurs to me that we need to ask a few questions about the philosophy of government and if we want it to continue micro managing every element of our culture. Examples -what do we want governments for and what do we want from governments? The more governments and governmental agencies the more bureaucracy to justify their existence and the jobs and then less resources to do the critical fundamentals of government like education and law enforcement, and so on. I'm not anti-government but I wonder if we need a office downtown to handle golf programs, or ADICA or skate boards, or sand dune homes, etc. etc.

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B4it 1 year, 8 months ago

I disagree with the action of starting another county. This promotes and results in more inefficiencies in government bureaucracies. I think the Senator should focus his energies on making it less complicated to annex from one county to another.

Another alternative is to look at combining some less populized counties to lower the expenses of running local governments.

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beenhereawhile 1 year, 8 months ago

Georgia already has more counties than any other state than Texas. We do not need more counties. It is also amazing to me that a major city is split into two counties, and then you have city schools and county schools......

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Engineer 1 year, 8 months ago

I know a few people from there and they are very supportive of recreating Milton County. In the proposed area for Milton County, has a lot of high income tax payers and as I've been told by these people several times that they are frustrated how they are paying large amounts in local taxes while their schools, roads, & other services continue to fall into disrepair (while the money is sent into South Fulton and Atlanta proper).

In order for this to work, I'd personally rather they merge two small counties in exchange for this.

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